" Women's empowerment begins with girls' empowerment. Breaking the cycle of gender discrimination requires that we promote and protect the rights of girls. At the same time we also need to equip them with the skills and opportunities they need to transform their lives and those of their communities." ~Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and joint-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
Desmond Mpilo Tutu (1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist and retired bishop. He developed worldwide fame as an opponent of apartheid, and become the 1st black South African Archbishop of Cape Town. He has campaigned to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia & transphobia, and received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, the Pacem in Terris Award, the Sydney Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, died in Kenya on Sunday. The world was so blessed to have her, may she rest in peace.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist pastor in Alabama, who when faced with the racial injustices of his time used non-violent means to improve the civil rights of African Americans. In 1964, Dr. King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means.